Tourism Info

Fort Frances Chamber Statistics:

The staff at the Chamber started  compiling stats regarding tourist inquires in May of 2013 and the results highlight for us our experiences with our one-on-one conversations::

  • That we are the first point of contact for U.S. Residents visiting the area (in 2014 all but 2 of the inquiries received at the Chamber were from the U.S.),
  • That it is overwhelmingly FAMILIES who are seeking information PRIOR to their trip to our area,
  • That these visitors are looking for historical, cultural, geo-tourism, and outdoor adventure experiences with wi-fi and shopping also on their minds,
  • That groups are now looking to visit us in the winter months to take in the great ski and snow shoe trails - and of course - ice fishing!

 

2013

FORT FRANCES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tourism Inquiry Totals May 13th, 2013 to December 21st, 2013  
Monthly Totals Directions Dining Lodging Gift Shops / Shopping Border Fishing / boating Tours Packages Sent  Vacation Planning Ice In / Out Trails Other / General Tourism  MONTHLY TOTALS    
May-13 55 8 2 12 5 14 4 4 4 8 24 35 175    
Jun-13 122 34 28 354 24 42 17 4 4   20 27 676    
Jul-13 85 36 2 10 10 28 3 27 27   14   242    
Aug-13 61 32 26 30 15 9 7 7 7   1   195    
Sep-13 27 10 11 3 8 5 2 4 4   4 10 88    
Oct-13 2   11   6 9 1 1 12     9 51    
Nov-13 4   6   2 3     14     15 44    
Dec-13 1   10 1   9     9     7 37    
TOTALS 357 120 96 410 70 119 34 47 81 8 63 103 1,508    

 

2014

FORT FRANCES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tourism Inquiry Totals for 2014  
Monthly Totals Directions Dining Lodging Gift Shops / Shopping Border Fishing / boating Tours Mailed Packages Planning by Email Events Skiing Ice Out Trails Other / General Tourism  MONTHLY TOTALS
Jan-14 22 24 34 24 10 4 26 34 48 10 24 6 14 24 304
Feb-14 14 8 11 13 4 27 7 2 37 14 15 1 15 27 195
Mar-14 15 10 14 13 5 6 7 5 10 7 3 0 9 12 116
Apr-14 21 12 12 16 3 5 6 3 13 12   7 9 9 128
May-14 61 26 21 34 4 31 10 7 42 28 0 26 11 16 317
Jun-14 167 36 22 70 15 42 23 7 116 136     10 84 728
Jul-14 147 34 32 54 10 45 13   27 76     11 69 518
Aug-14 146 30 15 59 14 42 28 9 41 45     16 28 473
Sep-14 93 15 6 37 10 4 10 3 29 23     4 49 283
Oct-14 33 11 13 22 6 22 9 4 25 15 23 1 3 28 215
Nov-14 74 21 20 34 4 1 10 3 24 26 15   8 35 275
Dec-14 49 22 15 38 6 10 13 9 32 24 11   11 25 265
TOTALS 842 249 215 414 91 239 162 86 444 416 91 41 121 406 3,817
                               
  3,817 Inquiries Total for 12 Months                      
  Average of:  318 per month / 73 per week / 10 per day                  

 

2015

 

FORT FRANCES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tourism Inquiry Totals for 2015  
Monthly Totals Directions Dining Lodging Gift Shops / Shopping Border Fishing / Boating Tours Packages Sent by Mail Vacation Planning by Email Events Skiing Ice Out Trails Other / General Tourism  MONTHLY TOTALS
Jan-15  16 6 10  23  20  17  126
Feb-15  36 24  26 42  14 15 7 0  48 26 12  0 12 20 282
Mar-15  39 30 32 43 23 26 13  55 42   1 21 22 35 391
Apr-15  47  26  40  35  10 10   22  4  48  37  0  16 13  25 333
May-15  37  22  29  34  10  19  20  1  44  42  0  18  17  29 322
Jun-15  153  61  110  65  41  90  35  6  35  84  0  0  14  89 783
Jul-15  194  61  106  65  32  79  11  9  61  115  0  0  14  139 886
Aug-15  209  38  70  36  27  42  9  0  15  39  0  0  8  75 568
Sep-15  51  14  27  13  16  8  3  0  13  25  0  0  0  42 212
Oct-15  50  21  14  25  16  11  8  1  27  25  0  0  7  34 239
Nov-15                             0
Dec-15                             0
TOTALS                             0

 

NEW STATS:  INQUIRIES FROM WITHIN THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT

  2015 DISTRICT INQUIRIES  
2015
Seeking Member Information Seeking Non-Member Information Seeking Event Information Seeking Out of Area Information Cross Border Information  TOTALS
January 48 34 20 3 15 120
February 47 21 25 0 10 103
March 73 42 63 5 7 190
April 92  56 51 3 5 207 
May 85 39 92 4 7 227
June 14 14 77 8 2 115
July 15 19 87 2 8 131
August 34 31 39 11 15 130
September 27 25 33 9 10 104
October 14 13 22 12 8 69

 

 

 

SHOP * DINE * EXPLORE

Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada

The waterways surrounding Fort Frances offer some of the best scenery in the North. The Historic Boundary Waterway being one of the waterways surrounding Fort Frances, was first used as a transportation route more than 2,500 years ago. This stretch of water from Atikokan to Minaki was of infinite importance during the fur trade, the settlement of the area, the mining boom, the logging industry, and during the construction of the railroad.

Sailors enjoy a variety of lake conditions to test their skills while families can picnic, sun, swim, and boat at one of the many secluded beaches. Fishing, often one of the biggest attractions of a vacation in the Fort Frances area is excellent. Our new waterfront development, including the Sorting Gap Marina, provides an excellent place to dock and then tour the many historical attractions and sites of the town.

Winter months in the Fort Frances area bring a different twist from Mother Nature. If you dress properly for it, the five feet of snow which falls in an average winter can be enjoyable in many activities. Snowmobiling through bush trails and over lakes, ice fishing, curling, cross-country skiing, broomball and hockey are just a few of the activities enjoyed by residents and visitors in the area.

Fort Frances, or the "Fort" as it is commonly known, is the largest town in the Rainy River District and one of Canada’s major tourist entry points. Situated on the shores of Rainy Lake and the Rainy River, the "Fort" is a prosperous, full-service community of approximately 8,000. Fort Frances is located across the international bridge from it’s sister city, International Falls, Minnesota making it the first point of entry into Northwestern Ontario. Fort Frances is only hours away from some of the largest markets in Canada and the United States.

Fort Frances bears the distinction of being the oldest settled community west of Lake Superior. It was first established in 1688 by Jacques de Noyen and has been settled continuously since 1731. Furs, logging, mining, and farming have been the major components of the economic base but today the pulp and paper industry is the chief employer.

Fort Frances has the advantages of a large city, with the convenience of a small town. A world traveler and worker has summed up the benefits of life in the community of Fort Frances - the town offers every amenity desired for comfortable living.